The British pianist, conductor and composer Andrew Wise studied musicology in Cambridge where he graduated with a first-class masters degree. He followed the post-graduate course in piano and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, London with pianist Hamish Milne and conductor Maurice Miles, as well as master-classes with John Carewe, Lucas Vis in Amsterdam and Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart. He started his career as repetiteur at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam and was soon invited to be chorus master at the Netherlands Travelling Opera based in Enschede, where he worked for four years. He holds a masters diploma in choral conducting from the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp where he studied with Luc Anthonis. He now also works there as a staff pianist and vocal coach.

From 1994 to 1997 Andrew was chorus master at the Flemish Opera in Antwerp, and from 1998 to 2003 chorus master of the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. He appeared as guest conductor with the Danish Radio Choir, the Flemish Radio Choir, chamber choir Carmina (Copenhagen), Tivoli's Koncertkor, Onafhankelijk Toneel Opera (Rotterdam), Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Den Anden Opera (Copenhagen), het Valerius Ensemble, and Opera Zuid. He was chief conductor of the Hoofdstad Operette (Amsterdam) in 1999/2000. In 2002 Andrew Wise was invited by Kent Nagano to assist him with the preparation of Wagner's Die Walküre with the Göteborg Symfoniker, and subsequently also with the production of Das Rheingold in 2005. This has led to further engagements as an orchestral conductor, including Die Zauberflöte and Don Pasquale with the Alden Biesen Festival Orchestra (Belgium) in 2004, and regular invitations to conduct at the Swedish National Orchestra Academy in Göteborg. He was conductor of the Middelburg Chamber Choir from 2005 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011 he was conductor of Cantabile-Gent. He was conductor and artistic director of the Dutch Handel Society (De Nederlandse Händelvereniging) from 2011 to 2016.

As a pianist he performs as a soloist, in chamber music and as a lied accompanist as well as working as a vocal coach. In 2017 he recorded a CD of Weill songs with soprano Penelope Turner, with whom he performs as the duo Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady. He conducted performances of the opera Der Spiegel uit Venetië by Hendrik Andriessen as part of the Andriessen Festival in Haarlem in September 2017. In  July and August 2018 he was a member of the faculty of the Berlin Opera Academy as vocal coach and as conductor of Die Zauberflöte. In November 2018 Andrew Wise will conduct performances of Saint-Saëns’s opera Samson et Dalila in the Leeuwarden/Friesland cultural festival.

Projects for autumn 2018 also include preparing Puccini’s Tosca with the Nationale Reisopera in Enschede (NL) as repetiteur and chorus master.

Andrew has been active as a composer since the year 2000, in the main writing vocal music. He has written a number of choral works, a song cycle on poems by W.H. Auden, a one-act opera, and many choral and vocal arrangements. For details click here.